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Menabrea Christmas Beer

Brewed by Menabrea (Forst)
Style: English Pale Ale
Biella, Italy
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.7   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Normal amber beer of high fermentation, specialty, type Bitter Ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gunnfryd (10582) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle. Amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, malt, fruit. Flavour is hint of caramel, roasted malt, sugar, fruit. Medium body. Ordinary beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Palme (3380) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 1, 2014
0.66l bottle. This is a crystal clear deep golden one with a light almost fluffy off-white medium sized head. It has a somewhat strong almond nose with pilsner ish qualities. Mushrooms with a little bit of butter, light sweetness and metallic undertones. Not to impressive on the nose really. The taste isn’t really all that much to screen hurrah about either. Again, it’s light metallic in a way, almost copperish with almond essence, thin watered down red fruits, some detergent soapy thing - all wrapped in to a light oily mouthfeel with a just above average carbonation level. I’m no huge fan of these kinds of Christmas beers. Surprised to see that this is an ale. 14.11.2013

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (13568) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle, 66cl. A finger thick beige head forms over a clear, dark amber body. Maltyness, some nuts and fruityness in the aroma. Pretty straight forward and clean, but very boring too. Malty sweet flavor with a faint note of roasted malts and spices, and a nice bitterness shows up towards the finish. Full body and a pleasant carbonation level. Works best as a companion to hearthy food I guess. 140207

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beer4000 (4476) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 9, 2014
660 ml bottle. Clear amber body with a small off-white head. Quite week aroma of malt and nutshell. Flavor is sweet, light caramel malty, spicy and moderate in bitterness. Medium body and moderate in aftertaste. Drinkable, but not very exciting and not a beer I will pick for my Christmas dinner.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Geokkjer (5750) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, fruitiness, yeast, some floral notes and red berries. Flavor is sweet and malty with some caramel, vegetables, some nutty notes and red berries. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mikkellund42 (549) - DENMARK - JAN 16, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear brownish amber with small white head. Aroma is malt, rye bread, hints of lemon and copper or iron, hints of prunes, dried figs and dried dates. Taste is light sweet, light acidic and light bitter. Body is watery to light milky with fizzy carbonation. Finish is medium long with notes of bread, nuts, caramel, cereal and cinnamon. A bit thin.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
saturnino (19) - Novara, ITALY - JAN 10, 2014
Bottle 66 cl. Colour: copper, golden red, medium-low beige head. Aroma: caramel, fruits, nuts. Taste:brown sugar, low in bitterness, thin body, metallic finish, low carbonation. A not too bad result for an industrial product:

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClubGonzo (4025) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours a deep coppery red body with a small off-white head. Nose is caramel, raisins, mild herbs and hints of vanilla and toffee. Taste is caramel, grains, straw and hints of bread and mild raisins. LIght body, medium carbonation. Easy drinking Christmas beer of the rather boring kind, but still a pretty decent thirst quencher.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aaron68 (572) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
660 ml bottle shared in a private christmas dinner December 13, 2013 Beer tasted from a wineglass Copper/amber in color with a white head and medium carbonation. Aroma is malt,spices and dried fruits. A bit sweet and malty beer.A bit thin and weak with a slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sigmund (5119) - Tau, NORWAY - DEC 12, 2013
660 ml bottle, fom the Norwegian importer. ABV is 5.2%. Copper colour, moderate off-white head. Malty and dusty aroma, but mostly of unfermented wort, hints of stale jam. The flavour is also malty and dusty, distinct fruity notes too. Low bitterness. Nothing particularly "Christmasy" about it. Not undrinkable, but not a beer I’d spend money on.

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